Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
Samsung has taken a conventional approach by equipping an 8MP auto-focus camera on the Galaxy S4 mini, along with a single LED flash. The HTC One mini, however, has a camera with only 4MP of resolution in native 16:9 ratio, but the sensor itself, being of the “Ultrapixel” variety, is made of much larger pixels. Theoretically, that should boost the camera's low-light performance, even though the level of detail captured in each frame might be reduced.
In reality, both smartphones take photos of similar quality, but before we get to that part, let's take a look at their camera UIs. To be honest, we're much happier with Samsung's camera interface. Settings, filters, and image adjustments are easy to get to, and switching between camera modes requires only a couple of taps. Naturally, goodies like Burst Shot, Night Shot, and HDR mode are present as well. The HTC One mini has adopted the somewhat frustrating camera UI found on its larger sibling. What we don't like about it is how all settings and adjustments are listed in a single menu with multiple sub-menus that you have to scroll through until you get to the item you're searching for. A simpler, better-organized solution would have made much more sense. That aside, the HTC One mini also offers HDR and Night modes, along with a cool slow-motion setting while shooting videos.
So as we already said, daytime photos produced with these two smartphones turn out equally good and have the same neutral color balance. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has the advantage of packing more megapixels, which is why its photos are more detailed when you zoom in. But the HTC One mini has a wider field of view so it can capture a wider frame from the same distance. Both cameras launch fast, focus quickly, and exhibit zero shutter lag, which is of utmost importance for capturing events as they happen. Shooting indoors yields unimpressive results. The HTC One mini's photos lack detail, while the S4 mini often fails to set the right color balance.
Use our samples comparison tool to see photos from more phones
Both smartphones are capable of recording high-quality video at 1080p resolution, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is slightly better at it than the HTC One mini. As our samples demonstrate, the former's daytime footage is more detailed and its low-light videos are much smoother.
Google's Play Music app comes loaded on both the HTC One mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, providing access to whatever music you have uploaded onto the cloud or purchased through the app. Alternatively, Samsung and HTC have loaded their own music player apps onto their devices. For the most part, these applications have a very similar feature set and to tell you the truth, both get their job done just fine. The mandatory lock screen controls are present as well, alongside a rich selection of enhancements – Beats Audio, SoundHound integration, and visualizer for the HTC One mini and the SoundAlive equalizer, bass booster, and Adapt Sound for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.
The HTC One mini has the upper hand when it comes to watching videos. It has much broader support across many popular file formats, a higher-res screen producing more detail, and a set of outstanding front-facing stereo speakers. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini doesn't support QuickTime or DivX videos, but it does come with the pop-up play feature, allowing video to be played back in a window hovering above the UI.
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini - Camera and Multimedia